Lewis Sanders edited The Red Pagoda in the 1980s, which reflected his strong interest in classical Japanese culture and nature-based poetry. It’s a bit surprising, then, to encounter his own collections, such as this one (adVance Press, 1985), which, though infused with natural imagery, are much more engaged with the human condition, and the interpretation of those natural images as human metaphors.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.
Fog in the hollow one star beams its messageHow like Sodom— the man dabbing perfume from an owl-shaped bottleThis heat! not one black dragonfly in sightNo new moon to point at no fog to shroud the old frog pondGreen Corn moon; burying my father without a tearHoneysuckle— thinking of the city-folks back home